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CBD Oil: The Essential Staple For Every Fitness Regimen (Part 2)

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This is the second part of a two-part article. Please make sure to read part one!

How CBD’s Anti-Catabolic Properties Support Muscle Gain and Boost Stamina: 

Catabolic hormones are those in the body which cause a break down of muscle tissue. For athletes and others with the fitness goal of increasing muscle mass and improving muscle tone, reducing the levels of catabolic hormones such as cortisol is imperative. CBD oil’s anti-catabolic properties are making it the most recommended supplement in fitness regimens where increasing muscle mass is a primary goal.

CBD oil from hemp is highly preferred over the CBD cannabinoid ingested from common marijuana, for reasons we’ll discuss in more detail below. We’ll look at how CBD’s multiple therapeutic properties can benefit any fitness regimen, whether for building muscle mass or to boost stamina for runners or increase focus and flexibility for yoga and jujitsu practitioners. Whatever style of fitness regimen you prefer, muscle development and muscle recovery play key roles in overall health and well-being.

 

Hormones and Muscle Development

Increasing levels of the hormone testosterone with intense periods of weight-lifting is the well-known mechanism for building muscle mass, but the level of cortisol which also increases during an intense workout has the exact opposite effect. The medical term for this debilitating cortisol action is known as “catabolic”. Cortisol actually reduces protein synthesis and actively prevents tissue growth. Excessive cortisol levels are usually the culprit when those who work out diligently fail to achieve the muscle building results they expected from their rigorous fitness routines. To understand CBD’s direct effect on cortisol we’ll take a more thorough look at this naturally occurring hormone.

 

Cortisol and CBD

The key to understanding cortisol’s negative effect on muscle-building is to recognize that cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day. The hormone is secreted by the adrenal gland. Cortisol levels are usually higher in the morning, decreasing throughout the day, and at their lowest at night. This explains why muscle recovery happens most efficiently while we sleep.

CBD oil taken internally engages CB2 receptors in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, the control centers of the endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating sleep and mood. Deep REM sleep augments protein synthesis for building muscle tissue at the most optimum time when growth inhibiting cortisol levels are at a minimum. These are just two ways CBD enhances muscle generation indirectly. CBD works directly with the endocannabinoid system to interfere with cortisol secretion as reported in this study at the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

 

Cortisol and Stress

Cortisol levels rise significantly in response to stress no matter what time of day, so much so that cortisol has been tagged in the fitness community as “the stress hormone.” An intense heavy workout routine is the source of physical stress along with the unavoidable day-to-day environmental stresses experienced throughout a busy workday.

The stimulant effect of caffeine can cause similar responses and it has been demonstrated that as little as 2-3 cups of coffee per day can cause cortisol levels to rise. Coffee and caffeine-laden energy drinks have no place as pre or post workout supplements. CBD oil’s natural stimulating effects provide all the energy-boosting benefits without the jitters while maintaining cortisol at beneficial levels.

 

Cortisol and Marijuana

Intense heavy lifting, demanding trainers, conflict, confrontation, or even the stress of an untimely traffic jam or a missed flight at the airport can all generate the instinctive “fight or flight” response which in turn triggers the adrenal gland and raises cortisol levels. Common marijuana should be avoided as a source for CBD in any serious fitness regimen since the high THC content also present can aggravate anxiety and stress or induce mania which makes the adrenal system work harder. Cortisol levels go up and any effects from the incidental low concentrations of CBD found in marijuana are erased.

With CBD oil from Bota Hemp, this is never a concern. You already know that CBD oil derived from hemp has extremely low THC content, just minute trace levels of less than .3%. We know about CBD’s calming anti-anxiety and mood-regulating effects when working in natural harmony with our endocannabinoid systems. It’s easy to see how CBD’s multiple and very beneficial therapeutic effects and it’s direct anti-catabolic action all combine to keep cortisol at the properly balanced levels which can benefit our systems.

Of course, cortisol does provide some important benefits, or the body wouldn’t produce it. Cortisol is instrumental in the liver, helping to remove toxins from the body. Cortisol has other roles in the immune system regulating blood sugar levels, and enhancing short-term memory. At natural levels, cortisol is quite beneficial and CBD oil can help maintain a healthy cortisol balance.

When cortisol levels soar in response to extreme workout stress the high amount of the catabolic hormone can cause high blood pressure, lower bone density, and eat up muscle tissue negating the positive benefits of the workout. In the worst case scenario, unregulated cortisol can cause the physical condition to nosedive, the exact opposite result of what your fitness regimen is trying to achieve!

Pre and post workout CBD oil supplements can balance cortisol levels to let you optimize results from your workout time. But, as always with CBD, there is good news and more good news.

 

CBD Can Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working under the experienced guidance of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the esteemed discoverer of CBD and the endocannabinoid system, continue to make exciting discoveries concerning CBD and its ever-expanding therapeutic potential. Recent findings suggest that the CBD compound can engage a variety of receptors to treat diabetes, atherosclerosis, and even cardiovascular disease.

CBD’s anti-inflammation action is well-known and chronic inflammation has long been established as a cause of insulin resistance resulting in type 2 diabetes. As reported at Diabetes.co.uk “The immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism and heart function all also appear to prospectively benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.”

When blood sugar (sugar metabolism) is regulated less insulin is present and less fat is stored. CBD from hemp again has an advantage over CBD from marijuana with its unavoidable THC content. While CBD naturally suppresses and moderates appetite, THC-rich marijuana is notorious for elevating appetite, the infamous “munchies” effect. For those struggling with high blood sugar levels, and those of us who work out to maintain optimum body weight and lean firm muscle tone, excess calories and carbohydrates surely need to be avoided. A severe case of the munchies after the workout is the last thing we need, making CBD oil from hemp the best choice for any fitness regimen.

To this point, we’ve spent quite a bit of time focusing on the benefits of CBD for muscle growth and recovery because of the significant roles they play in any fitness regimen. Now we’ll take a look at how CBD’s effects on brain and body chemistry can enhance focus and support an overall holistic sense of well-being.

 

Flexibility and Focus: CBD Oil and CBD Creams For Yoga Support

The fundamental philosophy of Yoga is that mind, body, and spirit are intricately unified. They are one and cannot be separated. Practicing yogis will quickly see the parallels between this ancient philosophy and the unifying nature of the human endocannabinoid system.

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Functioning from the sector of mind in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, coordinating in harmony with beneficial CB2 receptors strategically located in systems expanded throughout the body, the endocannabinoid system works to maintain an optimized state of wellness, a state of being which scientists today call “homeostasis”.

Homeostasis, Zen, and the Endocannabinoid System

Yogis might prefer the more traditional spiritual term, “zen” to describe the total state of focus and absorption that incorporates togetherness of both mind and body. Some scientists refer to homeostasis as “the Goldilocks Zone”, that state of ultimate wellness in which mind, body, and spirit function together and everything is “just right.”

CBD Before Yoga

From what we’ve already learned about CBD’s anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects on the mind, anti-inflammation and analgesic (pain-killing) actions to enhance the body, as well as its sleep and mood enhancing properties to promote a spirit of overall well-being, we can see how CBD oil and CBD creams from hemp can be the perfect supplements for supporting and improving traditional Yoga practices. We’ll begin with the mental aspects.

CBD Oil, Dopamine, and Serotonin

CBD oil taken internally directly interacts with dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain. Imbalances of these two neurotransmitters have long been linked to depression and anxiety.  By increasing the endocannabinoid compound anandamide, which regulates serotonin and dopamine, production of these vital neurotransmitters is also increased. The result is a greater sense of calm and well-being, but there are physical benefits to maintaining sufficient levels of these neurotransmitters as well.

Low levels of dopamine can cause a reduction in fluid movement such as that found in those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine is required for the smooth movement and balance which are integral to effective yoga practice. Dopamine is also important for attention, motivation, and goal-directed behavior, such as achieving the zen state which is the focus of yoga practitioners. CBD oil taken internally, and CBD creams used topically to alleviate specific physical aches and pains, can help you get to and remain both mentally and physically “in the zone” which yogis refer to as the coveted “zen state”.

Low levels of serotonin are associated with impulsive behavior and in cases of severe serotonin deficiency can even increase the risk of suicide. CBD cream used where it is most specifically needed in problem areas such as muscles and joints can improve the flexibility of movement. CBD oil taken before and after yoga can balance serotonin levels, minimizing anxiety and stress response for focused deep breathing, resulting in a calm relaxed state without drowsiness. Which brings us to the final stage of our yoga session.

CBD and Savasana

Finally, after a CBD enhanced yoga session, comes the reward of savasana, the final resting posture. The purpose of savasana is to promote deep relaxation and incorporate the mental and spiritual benefits of all the previous poses assumed in the yoga session. With the various poses accomplished, it’s time to lie on your back, eyes closed, legs and arms spread with palms facing up and flow blissfully into savasana, reaping the rejuvenating benefits of the session for both body and mind.

Deep savasana is enhanced when the yoga session can be completed without the distraction of sore muscles. Streamlined movements throughout the session, promoted by balanced dopamine levels lead to better recovery. CBD’s anti-inflammatory action ensures that muscles are loose and relaxed so strains, cramps, or delayed onset spasms are prevented.

Now that we’ve seen how CBD is a most effective yoga enhancer, let’s take a look at CBD’s role in another ancient but popular wellness discipline, the martial arts.

 

CBD and Jiu-Jitsu: “CBD Has Saved My Life”- Pascal Pakter

Mixed martial arts fighter Nate Diaz put CBD in the spotlight when he brazenly whipped out a cartridge and vaped CBD oil after a UFC bout last year while facing a roomful of amazed reporters. Nate calmly explained, “So you want to use these for before and after the fight and training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

Nate and other athletes were instrumental in getting CBD dropped from the World Anti-Doping Association’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances. The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) quickly followed suit and now the door is open for athletes in a wide range of sports to enjoy the training benefits of CBD while avoiding the perils of drug addiction when they confront the challenges of recovering from serious injuries.

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Pascal Pakter, like Nate Diaz, doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to the benefits of CBD. The former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter severely injured two vertebrae in an intense training session. The necessary corrective surgery left Pakter immersed in a world of pain with a seven-inch scar on his neck and a prescription for addictive opioids which in his words he was eating like candy”. Today Pakter has turned to CBD to effectively manage his pain and he bluntly states “I use CBD and CBD has saved my life.”

Today Pakter is the CEO of Hyperfly, a successful martial arts apparel company. Pakter uses topical applications of CBD cream on his neck to manage intense pain from the damaged C5 and C6 vertebrae. His opioid intake was reduced by from 30 to 20 pills after just one day of CBD treatment. Eventually, Pakter was able to avoid the pitfalls of impending opiate addiction by eliminating the hazardous prescription opiates altogether.

Pakter and Diaz are just two of many professional athletes to publicly endorse the many benefits of CBD including its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-catabolic properties. But there is one very numerous group of athletes in which the professionals are outnumbered by the many participants all over the world who merely enjoy the favorite sport that “gets their endorphins jumping.” For those devout endorphin-chasing athletes, we have some more surprising good news about CBD.

 

CBD For Runners

Endorphins may get the credit for the incredible and much sought after “runner’s high”, the reward for long miles happily galloped by the intrepid long-distance runner, but all that is about to change. Recent research with mice has shown that the endocannabinoid system is the true generator of the legendary runner’s high. Running long distances does raise levels of endorphins so they do play a small part. However, laboratory findings show that it’s the rush of anandamide, the natural endocannabinoid compound regulated by CBD via the endocannabinoid system which deserves the credit for the sudden onset of the euphoric, pain-free, calm sensation we know as the runner’s high.

CBD Before the Run

As you may recall we’ve explained how supplemental CBD oil can elevate anandamide levels in the endocannabinoid system to balance dopamine and serotonin levels. CBD oil, when taken prior to running can get a runner “into the zone” more quickly when anandamide levels are already elevated naturally by the CBD supplement.

Runners taking CBD also benefit from the anti-anxiety effects. Hills are seen as a manageable challenge rather than a tedious obstacle. With CBD-optimized homeostasis stamina and energy levels are improved, breathing is well-regulated, and CBD’s anti-inflammatory action keeps muscles cramp-free while balancing dopamine at proper levels to promote smooth movement and balance.

CBD After the Run

CBD taken after the run can provide the same cortisol control and muscle recovery advantages that it does after a strenuous weight-lifting session. This may be even more important for runners. While other athletes tend to limit workout durations to 1 hour to prevent soaring cortisol levels, runners are usually just hitting their stride at that time. Best of all its mood and sleep enhancing qualities can extend the coveted sense of well-being from the runner’s high long after the last mile has been run. Deep CBD- enriched sleep augments fast muscle recovery overnight.

 

CBD Products For Every Fitness Regimen at Bota Hemp

Now that you are a well-informed consumer it’s likely that you’ll want to incorporate the many benefits of CBD oil products into your fitness regimen or maybe simply to enhance an active lifestyle. That being said, it’s important to use the highest quality CBD from natural hemp oil, from a CBD supplier you can trust. Bargain priced “CBD” products frequently contain very little CBD content by volume. At Bota Hemp we have the highest quality CBD oil derived naturally from hemp, available in tinctures, creams, and capsules.

CBD oil concentrations are available in 250, 500, and 1000 mg tinctures for internal dosage versatility to suit your individual body type and weight. Bota Cannabidiol Capsules contain 25 mg of CBD for those who want to precisely measure their CBD intake. For topical application, Bota Hemp’s Topical Radiance Face Cream and Topical Relief Salve contain 500 mg of CBD content.

At Bota Hemp we have made it our mission to provide you with 100% pure CBD Oil from hemp with less than .3% THC content which ensures that our high-quality hemp extracts are legal in all 50 states. We feature same-day shipping to all 50 of those states. Whatever your preferred fitness regimen may be, CBD oil to enhance your body, mind, and spirit is just a click away at Bota Hemp.

CBD Oil: The Essential Staple For Every Fitness Regimen (Part 1)

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Introduction

In this highly informative Bota Hemp guide, we’ll take an in-depth look at the numerous health and wellness benefits of CBD oil focusing on just why so many fitness professionals and athletes today use and endorse CBD as the staple for their high-performance fitness regimens. We’ll get you up to speed on the latest ongoing scientific research to answer the most frequently asked question, “Why does CBD work so well for so many different ailments?” 

We’ll explain how CBD oils, salves, and creams play crucial roles in fitness regimens for athletes like MMA fighter Nate Diaz, former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer, and ju-jitsu master Pascal Pakter. But raising the CBD baseline isn’t all about full contact sports regimens. We’ll also talk about CBD support for runners as well as the many ways CBD can benefit Yoga practices by enhancing the connection between mind and body.

When  you’ve completed this guide, the question for you as an informed consumer will most likely be “Why am I NOT using CBD oil as a part of my own healthy lifestyle?” While everyone may not face the challenges of extreme physical conditioning and injury recovery experienced by full contact professional athletes, we at Bota Hemp are certain that anyone can benefit from CBD oil as a natural and effective supplement to optimize wellness and enhance an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

CBD Oil From Hemp: Good News and More Good News

Unlike the “Good news and bad news” scenarios we often see with potentially addictive medications and their extensive lists of hazardous side-effects, CBD oil from hemp provides health-enhancing benefits without getting you high or impairing your lifestyle. With CBD oil there is simply “Good news and more good news.”

It is important to note that the key words here are “CBD oil from hemp.” While marijuana may have some CBD content it has been traditionally bred for high THC, (tetrahydrocannabinol) content, the notorious psychoactive cannabinoid which induces a sometimes unpredictable mental high. The CBD in marijuana actually counteracts the euphoric effects of THC, so over the years, marijuana has been manipulated by breeders to significantly lower CBD content.

Hemp, on the other hand, has been bred primarily for its usefulness as an agricultural commodity, as a source of very useful fiber, seeds, and oil. While hemp and marijuana are both in the Sativa L cannabis family they are now considered distant and opposite cousins. Hemp is rich in CBD with less than .3% THC content. For self-administered health regimens, CBD oil from hemp is the safest, and most preferred source of CBD.

 

Healing and the Hemp Plant Throughout History

The natural healing properties of the hemp plant have never been a secret. Queen Victoria was known to use hemp oil to manage menstrual pain in the 18th Century. Hemp as a medicinal crop has a long and illustrious history. The Chinese used hemp roots for treating blood clots and infections. The ancient Greeks seeped hemp leaves in boiling water to make a tea that relieved pain, constipation, and inflammation. Until quite recently the exact mechanism of hemp’s incredible therapeutic effectiveness for managing and relieving the pain and symptoms of an astounding range of illnesses and disorders remained a mystery.

Hemp has been popular throughout human civilizations worldwide as an easily cultivated source of fiber for cordage and clothing, to name just a few uses for the celebrated crop, as well as for its plentiful healing properties. First cultivated in ancient China, hemp was considered to be a “divine gift” in many societies. Hemp’s effectiveness as a healing plant for so many ailments must have seemed almost magical to those in ancient times. Today, many concerned parents searching for a safe way to control the severe seizure disorders in children with pediatric epilepsy have found effective management and relief with CBD-based therapies. It’s not difficult for these parents to also consider CBD from hemp as a “divine gift” after witnessing the dramatic improvement to the quality of life their children experience.

It has taken nearly two millennia for modern science to isolate the natural cannabidiol derivative commonly abbreviated as CBD in hemp, the key ingredient so therapeutically beneficial for so many. CBD awareness has grown exponentially, especially over the past couple of decades, as consumers around the world discover and spread the word about CBD’s many health-enhancing benefits. The medical research is impressive indeed, but nothing exemplifies the healthy benefits and surprising effectiveness of CBD oil more than the rave reviews from the growing multitude of happy, healthy CBD users around the globe.

hemp plant and CBD oil

Today, the widespread success and glowing reputation of CBD (cannabidiol) oil derived from hemp can leave a new enquiring consumer with the first glance impression that “It’s just too good to be true”. After all, consumers in the health industry have been mired in a plethora of specialized, synthetic pharmaceutical concoctions. We’ve been conditioned for decades to accept a long list of debilitating side effects from drugs formulated to treat just a single symptom so it’s natural to be skeptical about an all-natural organic supplement like CBD oil which not only meets but exceeds expectations.

A little information goes a long way to alleviate understandable consumer skepticism. We’ll explain exactly why CBD has become the staple supplement in fitness regimens used for:

  • Enhancing performance when used for pre and post workout
  • Injury recovery support
  • Pain relief and management
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Reducing cortisol for healthy muscle development
  • Controlling blood sugar
  • Enhancing healthy sleep patterns
  • Increasing mental focus
  • Managing stress, depression, and anxiety

 

CBD and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

CBD oil from hemp can relieve and reduce pain and inflammation, enhance muscle and joint injury recovery, prevent strokes, promote brain and nerve cell growth, reduce and manage seizures, stabilize mood and alleviate depression, and even fight the growth of certain cancer cells, to name just a select few of the many therapeutic benefits of CBD. Many who begin a CBD regimen to manage physical ailments are frequently surprised to find that sleep, mood, and mental well-being also improve dramatically. The direct connection between CBD and both mind and body wellness is explained by the recently discovered endocannabinoid system.

Scientists were baffled by the extensive range of therapeutic benefits of the humble hemp plant until the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the 20th Century. Finally, they’d found the key which unlocked the mysteries surrounding the incredibly diverse healing properties of the ancient hemp plant. A basic understanding of the ECS answers the question “Why does CBD work so well for so many different ailments?”

Understanding Endocannabinoids and the ECS

In 1964 Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam was able to identify and isolate the THC and CBD cannabinoids as the two active components affecting the human brain in both hemp and marijuana, the two plant cousins in the Sativa L cannabis species. Further brain-mapping research revealed that human brains (as well as those of all mammals) contain an incredible number of specific receptors for the THC and CBD cannabinoids. Mecholaum knew then that these receptors wouldn’t be so numerous if THC and CBD weren’t produced naturally by the body.

This led the prominent researcher down a 30-year path of discovery to identify the endocannabinoid system present in humans and all mammals in the 1990’s. Today, biologists believe that all forms of vertebrate species on the planet incorporate some form of the endocannabinoid system.

The scientific term for the naturally produced THC and CBD cannabinoids is “endocannabinoids.” One of the most surprising facts about the ECS is that the body already makes its own supply of natural cannabinoids. In essence, we are all pre-wired to make good use of available CBD. This is why CBD oil is classified as a supplement. We’re not introducing a foreign substance to our systems but merely supplementing the body’s natural CBD supply.

The vast network of CBD receptors makes up the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid receptors are located extensively throughout the body, spanning from the brain to connective tissue, all working in harmony as a complex biochemical communication system which functions primarily in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain.  These regions are known to regulate sleep, mood, pain control, immune response, anti-inflammation, and healing processes.

The CB2 Receptor

Endocannabinoid receptors are the most numerous of the various neurotransmitters in the body and they interact in complex ways with other neurotransmitters to maintain the body and mind at an optimum state of health and well being, the process known as “homeostasis.” The two types of endocannabinoid receptors are the THC receptor CB1 and the CBD receptor CB2. The CB2 receptor has been the primary focus of therapeutical applications and research since CB2 targeted treatments don’t carry the risk of the adverse psychotropic effects associated with activation of the CB1 receptors engaged by THC.

The Difference Between CBD Oil and CBD Cream

The CB2 receptors can be engaged by supplemental CBD from hemp oil taken internally, or since the CB2 receptors are located in numerous strategic locations throughout the anatomy, CBD in topical forms such as salves and ointments can also be very effective. CBD cream with healing hemp oil can be applied directly to painful or inflamed areas to alleviate pain and reduce discomfort from rashes, cramps, or arthritis.

CBD oil from hemp is consumed orally, and since hemp oil has less than .3% trace levels of THC it targets only the CB2 receptors with no risk of producing a psychoactive high. Taking CBD oil internally opens the door to the full range of CBD’s therapeutic benefits including its anti-anxiety and antidepressant characteristics, as well as improving sleep and enhancing mood. Taking CBD orally results in the overall sense of well-being we’re seeking with a fitness regimen, and many CBD users combine topical and oral CBD together to optimize the beneficial effects of both.

Bota Hemp provides a selection of CBD tinctures in 250, 500, and 1000 mg CBD concentrations for oral dosing versatility to suit individual needs determined by body type and weight. 25 mg capsules are also available for oral dosing for those who want to keep track of the precise amount of CBD used in their personal fitness regimens.

 

How CBD Can Manage Pain Without the Fear of Overdose

The ECS is directly responsible for regulating certain biological processes. One of these important processes is pain response and control. CBD oil supplements the natural supply of the cannabinoid generated by the body to assist the pain control process directly at the anatomical level. Stress, injury, or disease can at times overwhelm the ECS, and there are a host of ailments which can be alleviated by supplementing the body’s natural amount of CBD, what scientists call “raising the CBD baseline”.

Different types of chronic pain from migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and other related conditions have all been successfully reduced with CBD based therapies, leading doctors toward the view that CBD deficiency is the common cause of these and many other related maladies.

One of the worst consequences of pain management with strong opiates and opioids is the risk of fatal overdose. You can rest assured that it is not possible to overdose with CBD from natural hemp oil. More good news about CBD is the fact that a little tends to go a long way. Research underway now is indicating that even small amounts of supplemental CBD can signal the body to make more CBD receptors, expanding and fine-tuning the endocannabinoid system.

According to recent research compiled at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

“In adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.”

This is welcome news for those who need to manage severe pain but want to avoid the pitfalls of addictive opiates and opioids. An article from the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health highlights the analgesic (pain-killing) potential of CBD as a much healthier alternative to reduce opioid use and potentially eliminate it altogether.

Pain management and control are essential to any fitness and well-being program, but the long list of unavoidable side-effects which come as a package deal with opiates and opioids can negate the benefits of these traditionally prescribed, and most frequently abused pain-killers. Lingering long-term side effects of opiates and powerful synthetic opioids include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal distention and bloating
  • Constipation
  • Liver damage (especially drugs that combine opiates with acetaminophen)
  • Brain damage from hypoxia, the result of induced respiratory depression
  • Development of tolerance
  • Addiction
  • Death by overdose

For athletes or anyone else dedicated to ultimate fitness, it quickly becomes obvious that these effects rule out opioids and opiates as a life-enhancing method for managing pain. A 2011 study revealed that 52% of NFL players used opioids over their careers with 71% reporting misuse. Awareness of CBD as an alternative treatment for healthy pain management is spreading rapidly through the world of professional sports thanks to the efforts of organizations like athletes4care.

But addiction-free pain management is just one of the many fitness benefits provided by a CBD-based regimen as the word spreads among athletes in gyms and locker rooms around the world.

 

Athletes and CBD

For professional athletes, optimized fitness is the foundation for successful careers. The arenas of full-contact sports bring challenges in the rigorous physical conditioning required to remain competitive at the highest levels as well as the challenges faced when recovering from serious injuries. Athletes such as former Denver Bronco quarterback Jake Plummer, retired National Hockey League enforcer Riley Cotes, and UFC fighter Nate Diaz have been at the forefront of the campaign to raise CBD awareness in the sports world.

Jake Plummer completely eliminated opioids from his recovery program after surgeries to correct injuries endured throughout his hard-hitting 10-year NFL career. The former Super Bowl quarterback keeps active today playing professional handball and working for CBD awareness with athletes4care. Jake describes his current pain management program as “a couple of drops of CBD oil a day”.

MMA fighter Nate Diaz made headlines and put CBD in the world spotlight when he whipped out a CBD cartridge and vaped the beneficial oil as he spoke with reporters after a fight in 2016. Diaz pulled no punches as he explained to a roomful of raised eyebrows:

“It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.” 

 

CBD Approved by the WADA and USADA

Nate Diaz’s public endorsement of CBD certainly made an impact on the sports community. In 2017 the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) dropped CBD from its prohibited substance list. As of January 2018, CBD is now legal for UFC fighters. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) quickly followed suit and also dropped CBD from their prohibited substance list. This opens the door for legal CBD regimens for Olympic athletes as well as athletes competing in other sports such as competitive cheer, boxing, bodybuilding, dance, and many other amateur and professional sports. AS CBD increases in popularity athletes are discovering the benefits of CBD as a pre and post workout supplement with fitness benefits going well beyond pain management.

 

CBD as a Pre and Post Workout Staple

doing deadlifts as part of fitness routineCBD, working in concert naturally with the endocannabinoid system, has several innate properties which make it the perfect pre-workout supplement. There is an element of truth to the classic mantra heard from professional trainers everywhere, “No pain, no gain!”  We’ve already covered CBD’s pain reducing, or analgesic benefits which can reduce pain levels to allow a much more intense workout, but there are other benefits which CBD offers as well.

Pre Workout CBD

Anyone who has adhered to a rigorous fitness routine knows that frequently the mental challenge can be the most difficult to overcome. CBD’s well-documented antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects can boost mood and energy levels to provide the mental motivation to get up and going on what can sometimes seem to be a tedious workout routine. CBD’s ability to elevate mood and energy works as a natural stimulant, providing an energy boost completely free from the nervous jitters that can come with caffeine-laden artificial “energy” drinks.

Post Workout CBD For Muscle Recovery

CBD’s documented anti-inflammatory properties make it the perfect post-workout recovery supplement. By enhancing the endocannabinoid system’s natural pain control and anti-inflammatory responses CBD augments natural muscle recovery without running the risk of liver and digestive organ damage that can come from popping handfuls of over the counter medications. For these reasons recovery after the workout is the most common use for CBD in the fitness community.

Muscle recovery happens when you sleep, and CBD working directly with the endocannabinoid system in the regions of the brain which regulate sleep patterns can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. A well-regulated sleep pattern helps to achieve a deeper level of REM sleep to promote faster, natural muscle recovery. Post workout CBD can alleviate symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness, one of the reasons MMA fighter Nate Diaz recommends it for use after a fight. Best of all CBD as a sleep aid produces the desired effect without building up a tolerance or the risk of dangerous side effects.


Stay tuned for part two of this series, in which we’ll discuss how CBD oil can help with yoga, support muscle gain, boost stamina, and more!

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